Earlier this year 2020, the couple became the first stars to be publicly diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus. And, after fighting off the illness, the star reflected on death in a pre-recorded segment on Tuesday's April 7, 2020 instalment of "The Kelly Clarkson Show", where she said she and her husband have had "very serious discussions" about how he is to handle her passing.
"I said to him, 'Look, if something happens and I should go before you then I just want you to know that there's a couple of things that I want. One is that I want you to be super sad for a really long time,' " Rita said, as the audience and Kelly laughed.
"The second thing was that I wanted a party. I wanted to have a celebration and I wanted to have a lot of singing and dancing and people telling stories and to feel like that was being celebrated," the 63 year old added.
Back in 2015, Rita underwent a double mastectomy a month after being diagnosed with breast cancer and, in December, 2015, announced that she was "100 per cent healthy."
"In some ways, cancer was a blessing," she told Kelly. "It really taught me to live every moment to the fullest and every moment as if it were your last."
"We don't know what tomorrow brings. We have to be able to live, and go out today going, ''Wow, OK. I did it. I did everything that I wanted to do. I lived the life that I wanted to live today'," Rita added.